Tourism Minister Ian Douglas wants queen contestants to be put to greater use throughout the year and is calling for the creation of a Carnival Queen Association.
He made the remarks during the official launch of Carnival 2014 which was held at the Krazy Koconutz this week.
The Tourism Minister said that the Miss Dominica Queen Show is seen as one of the county’s biggest events and as such, he is challenging those concerned to ensure that contestants continue to play a role after the night of the show.
“After your last walk on the night of the Queen show, it must not stop there we must find roles for our queens to continue to social activities on a lower level and national campaigns on a higher level,” He said. “I think now is time that we should consider some kind of Carnival Queen Association,” he suggested.
“Because what happens to the first runner up, the second runner up, all the queen contestants who have not been crowned queen because we can only crown one girl? We need to find a way to continue to engage you all throughout the year even though one person can be queen, and that is a challenge that I send out to all of us to find ways to challenge and engage our girls,” he said.
On another note Douglas said he would like to see carnival taken more seriously even to the point of building a profession around the event pointing out that it is “more than just a cultural celebration, carnival has a historic connotation to it, carnival has our heritage built into it and it has emerged as global industry.”
He added, “In Trinidad right now there are persons who work and generate revenue solely on carnival. They start planning for the next Carnival on Ash Wednesday, and what they do they have built a profession around carnival and that is the kind of vision and the projection that we need to have in Dominica”.